nature. to see lindsay graham laughing with eric holder is not an every day occurrence. the meeting with speaker boehner, i asked boehner about his own future. he says he's not going anywhere, so those who predicted he might have a short speakership, he says he's staying on, a lot of work to do. we are seeing the ribbons and i had a moment to speak to gaby giffords. she responded quickly. her voice was strong, emotions strong and she brings the emotion of the gun control issue to the chamber tonight. >> kelly o'donnell, from the press gallery above the chamber. in the new ghoulish term of the post-9/11 era, there is a cabinet secretary who sat it out, stayed home, ordered pizza with the secret service so that the government can continue, should there be, god forbid, a massive attack on the building behind us. tonight, it's energy secretary steven chu. this person is known as the designated survivor, if you can believe it. a term of distinction. savannah guthrie, let's talk about the atmospherics in the hall, what we can see, and what will be off camera. >> we touched on it already.